The death toll was rising in the historic city of Tainan, which bore the brunt of the 6.4-magnitude quake, as rescuers scoured rubble for survivors.
An entire residential complex of four buildings containing almost 100 homes toppled, left on its side with twisted metal girders exposed and clouds of dust rising from the jumbled concrete.

Among the nine people killed when the apartment complex collapsed were a 10-day old baby girl and two other children, the National Fire Agency said.

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The other two victims were killed in different parts of the city by falling debris, the agency said. Officials say they are unsure how many residents may still be inside, but media reports estimated at least 30 could be trapped.
Around 800 troops have been mobilised to help the rescue effort, with sniffer dogs also searching through the rubble. Residents at the felled 16-storey Wei-kuan Building told of their terror as the quake hit, with survivors pulled bleeding and crying from the ruins, some just in their
"I saw buildings shake up and down and left and right," said one resident. "The first and second floor just collapsed," he told local channel SET TV.


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